January Reads

     Earlier this month I decided to jump on the bandwagon and start a bookstagram account #nerdy , I know.  But I love just love taking pictures, especially of books, and it is so much easier and less time consuming then a booktube account.  Plus, I wanted to separate my bookish pictures from my regular/music pictures on Instagram. So today I completely deleted my book youtube account and am just going to be posting book stuff on here as well as my new instagram, @wistfulandwandering
     Alrighty, moving on.  Like the title says, I'm going to be sharing with you guys some of the books that I read in the month of January and some of my thoughts on them!

     The first book that I read last month was Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.  This is Rowell's first fantasy book and it is her take on the "chosen one" type of story.  I ended up giving this book 4/5 stars.  
Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.
It was an enjoyable read, I just wasn't completely in love with it.  My biggest issue with it was the extreme similarity to Harry Potter.  I get that she was trying to write it sort of going along with the Harry Potter/ Chosen One type of thing, but I thought there were just too may similarities for it to feel like a sincerely original story.  Because I am a Harry Potter fan though, I did enjoy the story.  

     The second book that I read in January was Passenger by Alexandra Bracken.  This was one of my most highly anticipated releases of 2016 (Jan. 5th) and it definitely did not disappoint! I absolutely loved everything about this story.  I gave it 5/5 stars and it deserves every one of those.  
In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever
The story line was action packed, exciting, romantic, and full of adventure.  One thing I loved about this time traveling book was that they traveled to so many different places and eras.  Bracken did a fantastic job with the historical aspect of this book.  You could definitely tell that she did her research with each place that the characters visited.  Also, I LOVED the characters in this story so much.  Gahh, you just need to read it!

     The last book that I'm going to talk about that I read in January is Truthwitch by Susan Dennard.  This was another book that was on my most highly anticipated releases list and like Passenger, this book did not disappoint at all!  I also gave this book 5/5 stars and it was fantastic!  
On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery,” a magical skill that sets them apart from others. In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well. Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires. Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness. Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
This was another book where I loved every aspect of it.  The plot line, the world, the characters, just everything!  Fantasy is my absolute favorite genre, so I already knew that I was going to enjoy it, but this is definitely a new favorite.  This was just a very unique book.  The magic system was unique from many witch books, the fantasy world was unique, the were unique creatures/monsters, and it was also unique in the fact that it focused more on friendship then it did on romantic relationships which was really refreshing.  It was a fantastic start to Dennards new series and I'm not sure how many books it's going to be, but I will be reading every single one!

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